I am glad you capitalised CLUB.
I have resided in the USA for several years, and had the good
fortune to play several Doak courses, all of which have been
Returning back home to live a year or so ago, as soon as I heard
that Doak was in charge of a two-course project, I had a look
see, then joined pretty much on the spot.
The first course is a very special place to play, but, more
importantly, if you look at much of the literature, they are
truly intent on creating a great CLUB first and foremost.
It is a lot of money, yes - although still dirt cheap by US
standards, which are typically around $75,000 entry fees, $500 or
so per month in subscriptions, and another $200-300 per month in
what are ubiquitously termed bar expenses.
You can either affford it, or you can't.
You can either want to pay it, or you do not.
You are either married to someone whom won't mind, or whom
you can bribe.
There can be no rational logic for spending such a sum to play
such an infuriating game, but it all comes down to what you want
out of life. I myself would rather enjoy a pleasant stroll on a
lovely course, than worry about 5.4%. Didn't the good Doctor
Mackenzie believe, after all, that golf was a cure for many of
Maybe if there is an accountant or two on board here, they could
post information about recovering the cost via Medicare?
It is currently a very raw course, I think it would be fair to
say, but, in several years, once the programme of planting native
vegetation has been completed, will be one of the most
spectacular courses imaginable, given the beauty of our fauna, I
I count myself fortunate indeed to have played Sand Hills and the
glorious National Golf Links of America - although strangely, and
frustratingly enough, I could only wangle an invitation to those
two alone - and I believe the first course here compares
favourably to either of them. It is of a similar scale, although
perhaps not quite as old-fashioned as National Golf Links, and
features much, much smaller greens than those found at Sand
Hills, so is a different, but ultimately still vastly enjoyable,
I have only seen the land of the second course from the bumpy
seat of a golf cart, but that looks to be something quite worthy
too, if not a tad more 'severe'.
I don't see the availability of the second course to the
'semi-public' as an issue at all. Most golf clubs have
corporate days at least once or twice per week anyway. Apartment
owners will only number around 120, so not a lot there. The hotel
may draw quite a few, but they are only working on approximately
70 rounds per day to make the courses pay - hardly likely to
cause an unceasing backlog on the tee, one would have thought. As
well, there will be certain times set aside for members only.
I do wish, however, that they had released the current prospectus
much sooner. Most attractive, to my mind, and would have done
much to alleviate the uncertainty many undoubtedly feel.
I have the fullest confidence in the people in charge of the
project, even if one of them is a lawyer. They have answered
immediately my most probing concerns in a straightforward manner.
I wouldn't think 'struggle' is perhaps the correct
verb - as I understand it, they have around 75% of the numbers
needed to erase the debt incurred thus far, and construct the
rest of the infrastructure, although obviously, the more the
I find it amusing that The Heritage, a typically well-groomed but
hardly inspirational Nicklaus layout, costs $30-35,000 to join,
plus fairly extensive annual subs, is well regarded, whilst doubt
exists about the previous model of St Andrews Beach.
All seems like a 'no-brainer' to me.